Meet Our Staff

Working with individuals to help them address their aspirations and needs

We have 18 staff and 52 active volunteers and a wider group of external workers and supporters

Manager

David Newall

I am responsible for the overall management of the project. I liaise with external organisations and apply for funding in order to maintain our level of services. I supervise staff and organise new activities.

ESOL Coordinator
Jane Alsop

I develop and organise the provision of English language teaching from beginner to academic level. I work with volunteer teachers and teaching assistants and with other organisations to build stronger ESOL provision in the Smethwick area.

Volunteer Coordinator 
Martin McNally

I am responsible for the recruitment, training, placement and progress of all Brushstrokes volunteers.

Monitoring &
Administrative Officer
Carol Mendez

My role involves the monitoring and analysing of information to produce regular reports/statistics, supporting the Project Manager in the preparation of evaluation and monitoring reports for funders and the management committee and setting up and/or improving systems for data capture for various areas of work.

Centre Coordinator

Nigel Chandra

I welcome visitors and enquirers and initially assess the needs of new clients. I am responsible for the overall health and safety of the people inside Brushstrokes’ premises as well as the smooth functioning of the building.

Resources Coordinator
Lucy Clark

I organise the collection and distribution of practical resources such as food, clothing and household items to individuals and families in need. I visit schools, churches and other community groups to raise awareness of the good work that we do here at Brushstrokes in order to increase donations from the wider community.

Resources Assistant

Fatmire Braha

I assist Lucy in organising our resources and donating food and clothing to those in  need.

Early Action Advice Worker 
Lukano Omunson 

 I am responsible for ensuring that all newly dispersed asylum seekers in Sandwell are provided with priority information, advice and guidance to enable them to negotiate key stages of the asylum process and to prevent them

from falling into crises such as destitution, homelessness and mental breakdown.

Senior Advice and Outreach Worker
Harriet Thuambe

I am involved in providing information and advice, outreach work supporting vulnerable clients and working closely with Brushstrokes’ volunteers.

Project Coordinator

Julie O’Neill

 

My role is primarily concerned with providing up to date and accurate advice and support for anyone who wants to apply for the EU settlement scheme. This includes one to one case work, developing new outreach clinics, supporting partner organisations and our core EUSS team at Brushstrokes.

Within the project we are also constantly mindful of other needs a client may have such as food and clothing resources or housing and benefits advice. We then make contact with relevant colleagues who specialise in these areas and refer clients. Making new contacts and developing outreach relationships is also an important part of my role; working with clients and developing new outreach are areas I find particularly enjoyable and worthwhile.

Immigration Adviser

Salman Mirza

 

I provide legal advice for people seeking asylum and who have immigration issues. I am registered at OISC level 3 and have been practicing law for nearly 2 decades.

Advice Worker

Lorraine Cruickshank

 

I provide ongoing support for asylum seekers, refugees and people within the local community and beyond. This can include empowering service users to make relevant calls to organisations  and so become inclusive within the community around them. Some issues are more complex than others, but the key is the provide the same level of support and professionalism whether we are providing support at the drop-in surgery or on an appointment basis. I provide regular reports when requested by management, detailing the work undertaken and hopefully highlighting the difference Brushstrokes’ intervention has made to individual service users’ lives.

Immigration Adviser

Sija Dube

 

I am an EUSS Project Coordinator and also an Immigration Adviser. Both my roles involve me assisting people to make applications for their leave to remain in the UK and also giving advice on their different immigration matters.

Receptionist

Administration Assistant

Genna Yafai

 

 

I welcome visitors to our centre and direct them to the appropriate department. I also answer the main office telephone line and deal with initial enquires as well as provide general administrative support for the effective delivery of our service.

Advice Service Manager

Amrit Nandra

 

I am tasked with managing Brushstrokes advice and information services for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants ensuring quality, accuracy, accessibility and responsiveness to clients and community needs. I am responsible for managing and co-ordinating advice and information provision at Brushstrokes with advice staff, ensuring drop-in clinics, outreach clinics, home visits and the availability of centre- based appointments meet the needs of clients and are delivered in ways to manage the high demand both at the centre and in the community.

My role as a Senior Advice Worker is to provide supervision and support for a team of community navigators and specialist advice for migrants living in Sandwell where immigration status is affecting their access to housing, health, social care and welfare benefits.

Senior Advice Worker

Jasbir Mataru

 

 

Advice worker

Karolina

Borkiewicz-Singh

 

I am part of the EUSS advice team.  EU stands for European Union and SS stands for Settlement Scheme. Together, with my teammates, I’m here to assist vulnerable EU citizens and their family members gain settled and pre-settled status.  We provide free and professional support including completion of the application process, accessing the ID app, giving of immigration advice, and where necessary, assisting in communication with the Home Office.

Advice Worker

Hawar Amin

 

In my role as an outreach or internal advice worker at Brushstrokes I deal with a range of different needs depending on the people's immigration statuses. I identify people’s immediate needs and advise them on how to improve their situation. The aim of  this is so that people can live with dignity and play an active part in our community.

Brushstrokes Community Project

Charity Commission registration number 512992 - Father Hudson's Society

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